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David Kruse

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Recent representative M&A transactions include advising:

  • Schlesinger Group, a portfolio company of Gauge Capital, on its acquisition of Methodify and AskingCanadians

  • Litera on its acquisition of Kira Systems and its industry-leading machine learning contract analysis technology

  • MCAP on its acquisition of Paradigm Quest creating Canada's largest non-bank lender with more than C$140-billion in mortgage assets under management

  • Dell Technologies on its US$4-billion sale of Boomi to Francisco Partners and TPG Capital

  • Ascential Group on its US$162-million acquisition of Perpetua Labs

  • Allied Universal on Canadian aspects of its US$5.3-billion merger with G4S creating the world's largest security firm

  • Nasdaq on its US$2.75-billion acquisition of Verafin, Canada's largest software transaction since 2007

  • Uptake on its acquisition of ShookIOT

  • RTL Group (a listed international media company majority owned by Bertelsmann) on the disposition of its majority interest in BroadbandTV for C$159-million plus a promissory note as part of its IPO

  • Dell Technologies on its US$2.075-billion sale of RSA Security to a consortium of investors including Symphony Technology Group, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board and AlpInvest Partners

  • Charlesbank on its US$235-million purchase of News America Marketing from News Corp.

  • EN Engineering, a portfolio company of Kohlberg & Company, on its acquisition of Kestrel Power Engineering

  • GAT Airline Ground Support, a portfolio company of Atlantic Street Capital, on its acquisition of Strategic Aviation Services and Sky Café

  • Global Infrastructure Partners in respect of the insolvency of Essar Steel Algoma under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act

  • SOL Limited on its C$1.57-billion sale of 75 per cent of SOL Investments Limited to Parkland Fuel

  • A major automotive OEM in a global reorganization

  • GMS Inc. on its C$800-million acquisition of WSB Titan from TorQuest Partners

  • Frontier Capital on its acquisitions of cfactor Works, Igloo Inc. and Agreement Express

  • PHI, Inc. on its C$233-million acquisition with Don Wall of HNZ Group Inc.

  • A major automotive OEM in acquiring multiple automotive tech companies

  • CI Financial on its C$780-million purchase of Sentry Investments and its purchase of Virtual Brokers

  • Siemens on its US$200-million purchase of Epocal from Alere

  • StructureTone, a portfolio company of Global Infrastructure Solutions, on its acquisition of Govan Brown

  • KPS Capital on its US$425-million purchase of TaylorMade Golf from adidas

  • Gauge Capital on its acquisition of eDynamic Learning

  • The North West Company on its acquisition of North Star Air

  • Robert Bosch on its acquisition of TrustPoint

  • Summit Park on the formation of Arkive and purchase of assets from Iron Mountain

  • A major automotive OEM in its disposition of a bus business

  • Agrium on its C$36-billion merger of equals with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan

  • Suncor on its C$1.13-billion sale of its Petro-Canada lubricants division to HollyFrontier

  • BCE on its C$675-million acquisition of the remaining interest in Q9 Networks

  • McKeil Marine on its sale to TorQuest Partners

  • Johnson Electric on its C$800-million purchase of Stackpole

  • LafargeHolcim on its €6.5-billion divestiture of assets to CRH

  • Holcim in connection with its C$50-billion merger with Lafarge

  • Safeway on its C$5.8-billion sale of Canada Safeway to Sobeys

  • BCE and Rogers joint venture on its C$1.1-billion acquisition of 75 per cent of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

  • A major automotive OEM in its disposition of non-core brands

Awards & Recognition

David has been recognized in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 (Corporate/Commercial)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2022 (Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms - 2021 Edition (Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021 (Repeatedly Recommended in Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Corporate Mid-Market and Corporate Commercial Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2021 (Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 (Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Corporate Mid-Market)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity)

Blakes Corporate & Commercial group was recognized in the 2022 edition of the Best Lawyers in Canada as "Law Firm of the Year" for Corporate Law. The group was also recognized as the most recommended Corporate & Commercial group in Canada by the Globe & Mail's Report on Business in Canada's Best Law Firms. In addition, the Blakes Corporate & Commercial group is ranked in Band 1 nationwide for Corporate/M&A and Band 1 in Ontario for Corporate/Commercial in the 2022 edition of Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business

Professional Activities

David is actively involved in mentoring and served as Co-chair of the Blakes Legal Personnel Committee. He is also a legal innovator and sits on the Firm’s Legal Innovation Counsel.

David is committed to participating in legal education. He often leads seminars and lectures on several facets of business law, including M&A, innovation, legal service delivery and the negotiation and drafting of complex transaction agreements.

Publications
Professional Appearances
  • Panellist: Automotive Industry: Legislative and Regulatory Updates
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, June 11, 2019.
Media Activities
  • Contributor: Automotive - Canada
    Getting the Deal Through, Lexology, June 2021.
  • Contributor: Automotive - Canada
    Getting the Deal Through, Lexology, June 2019.
Education
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 2000
LL.B., Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University - 1998
B.A., McGill University - 1995
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